Audition FAQs

Here are some of our most frequently asked questions.

Why should I audition?

Auditions aren’t meant to be scary. It’s your chance to show us what you can do. We require all our participants to audition so that we can ensure the ensemble is best suited to your current stage of development. TYO welcomes musicians aged 7 to 25 and our ensembles offer catered entry points for all standards. If you enjoy music and hanging out with friends, and love the excitement of performing some of the greatest music ever written, you need to be in TYO! Come join us and experience the thrill of playing big music. There’s nothing quite like it.

I played in TYO recently - do I still need to audition for the 2019 program?

Yes. All positions in all our ensembles are declared vacant at the end of each year, and all participants are required to audition for each year. This ensures each individual is allocated to the best ensemble for their current stage of development.

I missed the closing date for auditions - can I still apply?

Applications have closed for our main round of auditions, however we will hold late auditions throughout the year where positions remain available. If a position is not available at that time, we can put you on our waiting list and contact you if anything changes. Please note that, due to the volume of applications we receive and the availability of our audition panels, we are unable to accept any late applications for the main round of auditions. Also, make sure you don’t miss out next time - subscribe to our monthly ENews to stay informed about applications opening and other great TYO events.

Register HERE so we can contact you about a late audition.

I haven't done any music exams. Am I still eligible?

Yes! Music grades (for example AMEB, Suzuki, ABRSM, St Cecilia etc) are used purely as a guide to the skill level required for each ensemble and are NOT a formal requirement. If you are not currently undertaking exams or assessments, consult with your teacher as to your approximate standard.

Can I apply to join two ensembles?

Yes! If your instrument is the same and you just want to have more music in your week (and really, who doesn't?), you'll only need to audition for the senior group and let us know that you're keen for more playing. If you play two different instruments, you'll need to register to audition for both groups. Double check that the rehearsals don't clash to avoid disappointment.

Can I use an accompanist?

No. An accompanist is neither required nor permitted. Your music may be written with accompaniment but you will be expected to perform on your own. Have a read of our Audition Preparation Tips regarding bars of rest.

Why does the application form ask me about my schooling?

This is really helpful data for us for a number of reasons. It helps us keep fees down by acquiring (and reporting to) supporters. We're better able to cater the existing programs to our musicians by selecting tutors that avoid replicating those you have at school. It also helps us develop new programs that will best suit our current and future musicians by gaining a better understanding of the music education landscape across Tasmania. Thank you for your help with this and, if you have any concerns, our Privacy Policy can be found here.

Can I accompany my child into their audition?

No. Part of the assessment includes seeing how your child can concentrate away from you, exactly as they will in the rehearsal setting. Don't worry - we're all really nice and they'll be returned to you in good condition.

What technical requirements should I prepare for my audition?

Generally, this is a major and a minor scale of your choice, to the standard of your current music grade. This should be something you already practice but it's best to consult with your instrumental teacher. The panel won't need to hear all of your technical work to form their assessment but it's always best to be prepared.

I may not be able to afford the annual fees - should I still audition?

Yes! We don't want anyone missing out on being involved in TYO! We offer a range of financial assistance options, which you'll be able to apply for in December. Make sure you apply for an audition in the main round so you can be considered for a position.

Do I need to bring my own instrument?

You are expected to provide your own instrument/s, with a few exceptions. Percussion equipment required for audition excerpts will be supplied, but not sticks or mallets. If your own choice percussion work/s require instruments not included in the excerpts, please email by Monday 5 November, 2018.

How do I access the audition requirements or excerpts?

A link to these will be sent to you in an email upon completion of your application. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can start practicing! If you've lost that email or it didn't receive it, read on...

I've applied, but should I have received confirmation?

Email confirmation is sent automatically upon completion of your application. This will be two separate emails: a summary of your application and information about the next stage of the process. If you have not received this, it could have landed in your junk mail - check there first. Otherwise, there may be a typo in your application form or a system error. Either way, please contact so that we can confirm your application and send you the necessary details.

Once I've done my audition, how do I find out the result?

Audition results will be emailed to applicants on the email supplied in their application. For the main round auditions, this will be sent on Friday 8 December, after 5:00pm. Keep in mind that there are two weekends of auditions and almost 200 of you so it takes a bit of time to go through all the applications. If you do not receive your audition result that day, it could have landed in your junk mail - check there first, as well as your personal mail limits. Alternatively, it could be that you have some fees outstanding. In any case, please contact so that we can check that our details are correct and send you your result.

What is expected of me if my audition is successful?

It requires a significant commitment to be a member of a Tasmanian Youth Orchestra ensemble. There are standards of behaviour, rehearsal attendance, punctuality, and your own practice commitments to which you need to adhere. Above all when you accept a position with the TYO you are committing to be part of a team who will be relying upon you to live up to that commitment so that the orchestra experience is the best it can be for everyone. Head to our participant information page to review our most recent documents.

What if my audition is unsuccessful?

We run auditions to ensure you're in the best group for your current stage of development, as assessed in your audition. If our expert panelists feel you'll be better placed in an alternative ensemble, we'll offer you that one instead.

I don't want to wait for 2019. Can I join TYO now?

Unfortunately, the TYO 2018 program has now concluded. Try channelling that energy into practicing and apply for a late audition - we look forward to having you involved as soon as possible!

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